Liikan Jitsu Profile
Liikan Jitsu is a self-defense, conflict intervention and management
for an all-round personal protection and security system. We are a
registered Vantaa club, under the name of Liikan Jitsu Club ry. We
have been established as an independent style and registered club in
Finland since 1996 (formerly under the name of Oak Jitsu Seura ry).
We currently train twice per week supported by complimentary
training workshops, seminars and other activities. Commonly these
are in the form of Kyusho (i.e. Kyusho International), Parkour and
Fitness / conditioning training, NLP, outdoor training and weekend
camps in the summer (incl. swimming and BBQ ;) and other fun
activities and social events throughout the year. We also have a
Chat and Video Tutorial site for members only from within Facebook
for additional on-line and distance learning. Ju Jutsu is designed
and intended for adults (18+ years) both women and men however, the
Liikan Ju Jutsu club also has adapted programs for children in the
8-12 & 13-18 age groups.
Training always starts with a basic starter’s course, which lasts 7
to 8 weeks, with two (~90 mins) sessions a week. Clothing
requirements for the starter course are sports outfit (e.g. college
trousers and shirt) preferably long sleeves or a T-shirt if need be,
gymnastics slippers (soft based) or barefoot if gymslips are not
available. No jewellery or zips that might you or others plus good
hygiene, especially clean and trimmed finger and toe nails. Clothing for
continuation training is a lightweight judo suit with a white polo
shirt worn underneath (or t-shirt if not attainable) and black
gymslips (soft-soled shoes).
Ju Jutsu with a touch of Kyusho and a
taste Kung Fu
The name 'Liikan' is a fusion of two words, Lii and Kan which are the
names of the symbols in the Chinese I Ching (book of changes) for
Fire and Water which, are also associated with the those elements in
the Five Elemental Energies theory and even at the level of Yin and
Yang as part of the Three Wu Li Masters theory from Chinese culture.
In practice it refers to the fusion of the Japanese Ju Jutsu styles
with Chinese Kung Fu (Wu Shu) styles of martial arts to create a
hybrid 'Kung Fu-Jiu Jitsu' style. In Japanese, the word 'Kan' can
also mean 'school' or 'long life'. Consistent with these concepts,
Japanese Ju Jutsu as an art has long since been defined as focused
on problem-solving based on flexibility and adaptation.
The primary style is Jiu Jitsu (Ju Jutsu) combined with Shorinji
Kempo (Chinese Boxing) by Riuku Myura using his work experience as
head of the Tokyo Police force in Japan. Shorinji Kempo is itself an
amalgamation of Aiki Jiu Jitsu and various forms or aspects of 'kung
fu'. The original name for his system was Shorinji Kan but, has been
changed to Shorinji Kempo Karate in recent times. Within the Liikan
Jitsu style and programme, Shorinji Kempo Jiu Jitsu is combined and
abbreviated to get the alias Shorinjitsu. The name Liikan Jitsu has
however been retained as the formal identity to reflect the further
development and differentiation of Shorinjitsu to incorporate
aspects of other styles, training activities, academic education, professional
Nowadays, Shorinjitsu has also been further influenced by, and
incorporated aspects of several other styles, in particular Kung Fu
systems such as Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Praying Mantis and Shaolin White Crane. ).
A third tier of imported expertise comes from
Kali / Escrima, Kyusho Jitsu (Vital Points) and Katori (Japanese Weapons
System). The effect (result) is to create a much more flexible,
flowing and natural style of movement and action than most other Ju
Jutsu schools that makes it easier to learn, personalise and hence
efficient as it is effective.
The system has also been modernised with the inclusion of modern
disciplines and knowledge systems from psychology (e.g. Neuro-linguistic
programming (NLP) and sports psychology), to criminology, security
and risk management. This includes modern security guarding and
supervision skills drawn from work experience.
The school and style is today independent and hence free from the
disruptive politics of large organizations and associations, and not
restricted by the need to preserve a cultural antique. It is
therefore a progressive system that is constantly developing and
evolving to stay abreast of modern times and needs, just as all
original martial arts were intended to do, if they were to survive.
Modern self-defense is an integral and core focus of Liikan training
and its syllabus, rather than being tacked on separately as an
ad-hoc after-thought as is done in so many traditional and sport
Training is a co-operative and collaborative effort that includes
friendly competition for the purpose of learning and skill
development. The full techniques are too dangerous for sporting
competitions for which reason clear rules of conduct (etiquette) and
adherence to them are required without exception. This includes the
permitted use of our skills outside the training hall to avoid abuse
and bringing our club into disrepute. Those with a criminal record
or aspirations need not apply to join.
Training includes classical Ju Jutsu pressure training, Judo type
randoori, kickboxing/boxercise, Fitness and Mobility (e.g. Parkour
and even a little break-dancing), Bio-Energy Training (i.e. Chi
Kung), Psychology (e.g. NLP), personal security and risk management.
The base technical training however, does not include Kata. Instead
we use a more workshop approach focused vital point by vital point
on the techniques and their applications from the start and
augmented by sets of illustrative techniques (Waza sets), skills
drills, patterns and simple forms to help highlight fundamental
physical and technical skills.
Techniques include both armed and unarmed responses to armed and
unarmed threats using a full spectrum of strikes, throws and other
grappling techniques and tactics. Striking and grappling are
considered to be two wheels of the same cart, neither are fully
functional and effective without the other, and must therefore be
suitably integrated. Weapons are treated as an extension of the
unarmed techniques for a more consistent and constructive approach,
and faster learning curve than would be the case if taught as a
separate learning system or specialist style.
Training starts with basic unarmed techniques against unarmed and
armed threats, consistent with the immediate needs of daily life and
laws in modern civilised societies. For both practical pedagogy and
legal reasons, the initial focus is primarily on grappling
techniques and gradually phases in more advanced striking techniques
and skills. More extreme techniques, skills and weapons training are
phased in during the advanced grades commensurate with the required
skills and experience levels for learning them effectively,
efficiently (time) and safely. The same phasing-in process for
advanced levels of practice is also applied for psychology, chi kung
and security and risk management.
Grade and achievement recognitions
Liikan Jitsu has a well defined grade structure based on both
traditional and modern pedagogical knowledge and instructional
requirements. The syllabus is differentiated for adults (19+),
Juniors/Youth (13-18) and Children (8-12) inorder to remove the more
dangerous techniques that would not be appropriate (irresponsible)
to teach to minors (immaturity) for their own safety and that of
Adult 7 Kyu Grades to black (dan) belt.
There after the learning really begins! The dan grades continue
to follow the structures associated with energy theory.
Minors (Juniors & Kids): Zodiac system of 12
badges till they are old enough to upgrade to the next age group's
syllabus, knowledge and skills.
Other achievements for training effort, spirit and contributions to
the club and fellow members are also recognised as and when needed
or with the annual awards.
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